Elisa Williams Bickers performs regularly in recital as a solo organist, harpsichordist, and piano accompanist. She is the Associate Director of Music and Principal Organist at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, and has served on the music faculties of the UMKC Conservatory and Washburn University as instructor of organ and harpsichord. She is the harpsichordist/organist for the Bach Aria Soloists.
A native of Clinton, Maryland, Elisa began her organ studies with the Potomac Organ Institute. She has degrees in church music and organ performance from Texas Christian University (B.M., M.M.) and the University of Kansas (D.M.A.). Her teachers have included Dale Krider, Joseph Butler, and Michael Bauer. Elisa received first prize and the hymn playing prize in the graduate division of the 2006 William Hall competition. In 2007, she was a quarter-finalist in the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, and a semifinalist in the 2010 NYACOP. In 2009, she traveled to Lübeck, Germany to compete in the International Buxtehude Competition. She was awarded the 2009 Carlin Award for excellence in teaching, the highest honor possible for graduate students at KU. In 2015, she earned the Associate certificate from the American Guild of Organists.
Elisa makes her home in Overland Park, along with husband Robert, daughter Isabel, and BAS’ own Thomas Pixton harpsichord.
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